Doug loves to watch other kids playing on YouTube. It has inspired a lot of his own play, especially fostering a love of trucks and tractors. Talking to my husband, we wished he could watch kids being helpful around the house as well. So we have decided to add a segment called “Doug Does Chores” to Mudpies & More to help you inspire helpfulness in your own kids. So without further ado, I give you episode one!
Doug Does Chores: Laundry Transfer
Need more motivation to let your kids “help”?
“research indicates that those children who do have a set of chores have higher self-esteem, are more responsible, and are better able to deal with frustration and delay gratification, all of which contribute to greater success in school.” – Center for Parenting Education
Turns out research has found kids do much better in life if they start helping with chores at an early age. This makes sense to me, as chores instill a sense of ownership and responsibility, and they allow kids to be a more productive member of the family which instills a sense of self confidence and place. Doug loves doing his laundry! I met a 3 year old this week who loves to do the dishes. Household chores allow kids to become more independent, and isn’t that what we as parents are striving for?
I am not very strict with Doug’s chores yet. I do make him clean up often, and then give him opportunities to help me when appropriate. He is not rewarded for doing chores with more than a high five, and generally he is very proud of himself for completing the task and that is reward enough for both of us. How are chores handled in your house?